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Elaine A.

69 Reviews
45 Repeat Guests
Free Cancellation within 24 hours
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Pet Requirements

  • 1-20 lbs
  • 20-40 lbs
  • 40-80 lbs
  • 80+ lbs
All Ages OK
List of Breeds Not Accepted
Pit Bull - American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull - Bull Terrier, German Shepherd Dog, Pit Bull - Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Pit Bull - American Pit Bull Terrier

Elaine's Resident Pets

Cocker Spaniel
11 yr 0 mo old

Elaine's House

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Large Yard
Pets allowed on furniture
Air-conditioned inside

About Elaine

27 Years Experience Caring For Dogs
Welcome to Happy Pals located in convenient Marlboro, MA. We have been caring for dogs for over 27 years. Brady is the resident pet. He is an adorable 10 year old Cocker Spaniel – yes – named after Tom. We have had Brady since he was a puppy. Brady is a sweet and friendly dog so as long as guest(s) can hang out with him. Our home has a large, beautiful, private backyard that is perfect for your pups to play in. Each day stay for your pal includes two walks around our neighborhood as well as unlimited indoor/outdoor playtime. The inside area of our home has a large, open concept with plenty of room to walk around and play. During the dog days of summer, our home is cool as we have central air conditioning. If your fur-baby boards over the weekend, we will also include a trip to the local park! We are able to supervise your pups 24x7. We are able to provide transportation to a vet for any emergency situations. We have a great relationship with Brady’s veterinary clinic. Our home also is not far from emergency services at Tufts University in Grafton. Elaine has been certified in CPR and pet first aid in the past and plans to retake this course and become recertified. We will provide you with as many updates/pictures of your friend’s stay as you would like to receive. We can't wait to meet you and your fur-babies!

Benefits of staying with Happy Pals:

•We always strive to pamper your friend. Safety is top priority.
•Elaine and her husband Ken work closely together as a team during all visits. An advantage of staying with Happy Pals is that there are two adults always caring for your pet. If one has something unexpected come up, the other is always right there. If an unexpected emergency came up with both of us, we have a backup plan if the guest doesn't have an emergency contact. We have two different family members (both dog lovers and owners) who are nearby and have volunteered to help out if there were any unexpected emergencies with the caregivers. Both are home full time enjoying retirement and taking care of family.
•If you would like your fur-baby to go on field trips, we can discuss the possibility of going to local dog friendly parks such as Callahan State Park, Great Brook, or Gates Pond. Safety is always top priority so we can see if this would work well during a particular visit.
•Traditional boarding facilities charge extra fees for play time. Non-stop play times as well as walks are always included.
•Bottled water and Milk Bone treats are always available.
•We are very mindful of food allergies and food sensitivities. If your pet requires a special diet, we are happy to cook any special meals.
•If help is needed transporting the guest to our home for a stay, we can help with pick ups and drop-offs.
•Location is convenient to major routes (Rts. 495, 20, 30).
•We have a lot of room. If you feel as though your pal may need some private or alone time, we have a lot of room for he/she to stay completely separate if there may be another guest at the same time.
•Guests can sleep where they are most comfortable (living room, bedroom, etc.).
•We try to keep the number of guests at a time low to give each guest the most attention possible. We carefully consider the mix of guests if there will be some overlap. We always feel bad if we cannot accommodate a guest on a particular date due to numbers but we feel that it is important to keep numbers low for all guests to be happy and safe. If you know particular dates ahead of time, please let us know even if a formal reservation request isn't sent right away so that we can keep the dates in mind while scheduling. Summertime (Memorial Day through Labor Day) and major holidays are the busiest.
•If your pet has a scheduled grooming or vet appointment during their stay in a nearby town, we can make sure that they get there.
•Updates and pictures are sent to you of your friend throughout the visit. Also, please feel free to call or e-mail anytime to check on them.
•Flexibility in drop-off and pickup times. You are able to drop-off and pickup your pet at times when traditional boarding places are closed.

Please note: if our calendar says "booked" for particular dates that you are interested in, please still contact us with a general inquiry e-mail. It is possible that a day that says "booked" could also be a day that another guest is leaving.

We have enough room to accept up to five dogs; however, it is always our goal to have no more than 1-2 guests at a time to ensure that every guest receives a lot of individual attention. Up to five dogs is listed in the profile to allow enough space on the calendar since some guests leave and come on the same day.

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Up-to-Date vaccinations;
Flea/tick preventive treatment.

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Elaine A.

69 Reviews
45 Repeat Guests
Free Cancellation within 24 hours
Other Sitters Nearby
  • 1 day notice required for bookings
  • Responds within 50 minutes
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Services & Rates

Boarding Overnight At Elaine's Home
$45 /night
  • Watches up to 5+ dogs/night
  • Dogs will never be left unattended
  • 5+ potty breaks/day
  • 2 walks/day
  • Pets can sleep wherever they want
Daycare At Elaine's Home
$40 /day
  • Watches up to 4 dogs/day
69 Reviews
We've used Elaine and Ken many times to watch our little maltipoo while we were out of town. They are both wonderful with him. He always comes home very happy. They treat him like part of their family.
Colbie had a great time.
My dog stayed with Elaine for a week over Christmas. She did a great job taking care of him, even allowing him to sleep with her to allay his anxiety. I think he got along well with her dog Brady and seemed happy and well taken care off when we returned.
While I did get a daily text and 3 pics of him during this time, it would been great to get more pics of him and more details on the activities he did.
After visiting Elaine, I felt comfortable leaving our beagle mix Willy at her home for 18 days. I knew he would get the needed care and attention that would be impossible in a doggie boarding kennel.
Mea had a tremendous time with Elaine. She felt at home quickly and got along well with their dog Brady who is 2 years younger than Mea.

She loved sitting on Ken's lap watching football and had no trouble going to sleep at night.

She ate her food and took her medicine without any problem. She loved going for walks except when it became too cold then the walks were shortened.

Elaine sent us updates and a few photos of Mea while we were away too.

We would recommend Elaine without hesitation and will use her in the future.
Elaine was awesome! Elaine was happy to meet my dog Cody and let him get aquatinted. She answered all of my questions and the questions she asked made me feel comfortable leaving Cody with her. Elaine left me several updates during Cody's stay so I knew how he was doing. Cody had a blast with Elaine and her dog Brady, and I definitely will have Elaine watch Cody again if the need arises. I highly recommend Elaine if you are in need of a dog sitter. Awesome experience!
Our Stella is 10 years old and has only been left with family members overnight. We had no one to watch her over Thanksgiving so we booked Stella to stay with Elaine and Ken and we could not be happier with our choice. They took Stella in as one of the family and even let her sleep with them. They took such good care of her and gave her ear medicine to her as well (which is not one of her favorite things). Its so nice to know we have an option now of leaving her if we need to and I would highly recommend Elaine and Ken - they are the best.
We could not have been happier with Elaine and Ken and how they cared for our Bear while we were traveling for more than a week. There are not many people we would trust with our little buddy. Their genuine love of dogs and attentiveness gave us complete peace of mind.
Another great stay at Happy Pals. Our pup was loved and cared for wonderfully. She got snuggles, walks and playtime and even her meds. We could not thank Elaine more for the care and updates for our puppy. Thank you!
This is the first time that I left Buster(miniature schnauzer) for this significant length of time(3 weeks) and we were fortunate that we found Elaine to look after Buster. First time I saw Elaine and her husband and Brady(their dog) I felt comfortable knowing that they will be a good host. Elaine is flexible about the time and she posted daily updates and showing photos while we were away, and that was very re-assuring on our part. And the day I picked up Buster, he looks very good, and seems he had a good experience. I would recommend Elaine if you need a host for your dog. Actually I'll be asking her again next April 2017 to be the host again for Buster. Thanks Elaine!!!
Elaine was very quick to respond to my messages and was also very accommodating with drop-off and pick-up times. She and her husband Mike took wonderful care of my puggle Tiffany. It was nice to get emails and photos of Tiffany when we were away. I am sure that Tiffany enjoyed herself and playing with their dog Brady. I am going to leave her again with Elaine in January and highly recommend Elain to anyone looking for a great pet sitting family!
Nilla did great because Elaine and her husband were great with her.
Our dogs had a wonderful stay with Elaine and her husband. I would highly recommend this sitter. Elaine is a very kind and gentle person, and it is plain to see she loves dogs. I wouldn't hesitate to hire her again. S. Antell
Elaine was very responsive on my initial inquiries. She answered all of my questions and made me feel comfortable with having my dog spend a weekend away from home. During my dog's stay, she kept me updated on how he was doing and even sent a picture of him on his walk. Highly Recommended!
If you are like me, and have trouble leaving your baby behind, the next best thing is a great care taker, and that is Elaine. Elaine is very caring, stays in touch, and will care for your pet as if she/he were her own. She really listens to what you share. For example, I always worry that Paisley will not drink enough water in a new place, and Elaine made a point to let me know that Paisley was drinking just fine, before I could even ask. She was very flexible about pick up and drop off times, which takes the worry away when you are traveling. Paisley came home so happy, I could tell she was loved and looked after. I will be using Elaine whenever I need to travel She's the best!
Thank you so much for fitting us in on short notice!!!
Great job as always!
Elaine was very responsive in setting up the dates, our meet and great, and about all the specifics of our pups care. Buttercup had a great time and Elaine updated us throughout our puppy's stay. We will definitely be using her again.
Elaine is a lovely host and our dog Cassie always enjoys her time with her!
Elaine did a wonderful job of taking care of our baby Jack while we were away. Even though we were enjoying vacation away from home, it was great to receive a daily email (often with photo!) to let us know our fur baby was doing well.
Elaine made the visit so easy! She invited me over to meet her and see where my pup would be staying. Right away I could tell that she and her husband are dog lovers! Elaine sent me pictures of my dog and text updates everyday. I was comfortable knowing that my pup was in good hands! We don't travel often but it is so good to know that Elaine is there when we need her. :)
Our two dogs had a great stay with Elaine and her husband. She was so kind with them and sent us regular updates and pictures with how they were doing. It was so nice to know and see them lounging on couches instead of in a kennel!! We will definitely use Elaine again when we're away :)
Elaine and her husband (and Brady!) are the best caregivers for our sweet Hennessey. We feel so at peace knowing she's getting so much love and attention while we're away. Plus, Elaine sends updates and pictures every day, and is so accommodating to any of our needs. We highly recommend them!!
Elaine is a wonderful host! Mia enjoys staying with Elaine and her dog Brady and finds her home comfortable and fun. Mia has lots of room both in and out of the house, with a big yard and lots of walks and play time! Thank you Elaine and Brady!
Elaine was great taking care of Luna. She was very flexible working with our family to make it work as our vacation was going to be over two weeks. She kept sending updates and pictures. Luna had a great time with Elaine.
Would deffinitely use her in the future.
Elaine was so great at answering all my questions as this was our first use of DogVacay. She was wonderful in being able to coordinate our schedules to set up a meet and greet! So glad things worked out! Definitely recommend for anyone looking for a home away from home place for your pup to stay!
Thank you Elaine, Ken, and Brady for watching our Molly while we were away for a few days to Maine! Molly was so zonked yesterday when we picked her up! ;) haha! :) We know she can be shy at first, but so glad she warmed up quickly and all went so well! Thanks for all the wonderful updates, friendly service and your beautiful house and area you have to make Molly feel like she was on vacation too! Greatly appreciate the walks, outside time & caring for Molly like she was your own! Thanks so much again for everything! :)
Elaine, her husband, and her setting made Rocky's stay all we could hope for , plus more. Elaine's so comfortable with dogs, and understanding/accommodating to both human and canine needs, our experience was terrific. We intend on securing future bookings with Elaine.
Elaine was very friendly and took good care of Hugo. She was very quick in responding to my messages, and was also very accommodating with drop off and pick up schedules. I would like to consider her for Hugo's future stays, and recommend her to others as well!
Elaine and her husband were great! They were very warm and welcoming to Colbie, it was clear that they truly loved dogs and would take great care of her. Colbie can be somewhat timid around other dogs and they made her feel at home. I could tell they are caring dog loving people and I felt secure leaving my dog there for two weeks as I was out of the country. Thanks Elaine! I will definitely be back.
We think Elaine is great and Beans does too!
Elaine and Ken are very kind people. They are good with dogs. Rodney enjoyed his stay with Brady and Cooper. Little dog fun!
Elaine was great! Finn had a wonderful time - we received daily updates and pictures. We will most definitely send Finn and our other dog there next vacation!
Elaine was a great host. She kept me up to date and I appreciated her communication throughout our vacation.
Buddy had a fantastic time, he was lucky to also play with some other dogs she was sitting. i think a great time was had by all.
Our puppy had a great time & was well cared for. It certainly took away the stress of leaving her behind. I would highly recommend Elaine to anyone looking for a better alternative to a kennel.
We left our 2 year old, high energy lab-mix Bear with Elaine while we went on a week long cruise. We specifically wanted someone who was home with Bear due to his anxiety with being left alone. Elaine was perfect for what we needed! Very flexible with meeting times for drop off and pick up. She also provided several pictures and messages while we were away. Bear seemed very happy when we picked him up, and I could tell he was tired from playing all week. We highly recommend Elaine - having someone reliable with your pup is worth every penny!
Elaine has watched our dog a handful of times now. She is a great doggy caretaker. Our boy loves to visit. He is an older big dog, and he has to take medication, but Elaine has no issue handling this. Without hesitation, I would recommend Elaine's home for your doggy's vacay.
I am thrilled to have found Elaine, Ken and Brady. I have a 16+ yr old male dog with mobility problems and a very nervous female who is fearful of new people and other dogs. They were wonderful with both and sent me updates and pix to help me feel comfortable with this new experience. I cannot recommend them more highly.
Elaine did a wonderful job with my 15 year old Shih Tzu (Zanna). Zanna appeared to relax and settle in right away. The update messages and photos of the visit were great.
I appreciated Elaine’s flexibility with the pick-up time. It was clear that Zanna and Brady had become friends during the stay. We will definitely be going back for another visit.
Elaine & Ken were wonderful hosts. Shelby became part of their family right away. Elaine was great with keeping in touch with us on our vacation which was very comforting for us. We felt Brady & Shelby became "best buddies" by the adorable pictures posted to us. Shelby will look forward to another stay with Elaine, Ken & Brady.

Paula & Steve C.
We got our puppy at the end of March and ended up booking a two week vacation for the end of May. It was a hard decision figure out what we wanted to do. Boarding her wasn't an option because we wanted her to have the love and attention she gets at home and as a puppy she needed a little more attention. Elaine and her husband took great care of our dog! She seemed totally relaxed at their house and settled in well. She is somewhat skittish around some people/dogs but had no issues with them or their dog Brady. We will definitely use Elaine next time we go away! We got to enjoy our vacation and not worry about how the pup was doing. I think we missed her more than she missed us!
Elaine and her husband are great hosts. Our Shih Tzu and Havanese had a wonderful time staying with them and playing with their dog Brady. Elaine sent me regular status updates and some cute pictures along the way. Our dogs got lots of TCL and attention. They are very accommodating and flexible to work with my drop off/pick up schedule. We are going back for another visit soon.
Zipper had a great stay with Elaine and Ken. He and Brady became couch buddies! He got lots of one-on-one attention and ball play time. We got updates and pictures daily. Can't wait to have Zipper return for another visit!!
Elaine was a wonderful keeper for my Ripken. He is an older mild mannered Westie who often gets intimidated by larger or more energetic dogs. He often will not eat when we are away. Ripken was so at ease when I picked him up that I knew he had a great time. Thanks Elaine!
Great stay.
Our lab Sunshine had another fantastic visit with Elaine and Ken. This was our second time back with Elaine and Ken. Upon arriving, Ken was home and Sunshine ran up to him with his tail wagging, obviously very excited to see him. Sunshine was happy to return to Elaine and Ken's, which is unusual for Sunshine, because in the past he has often not wanted to return to other places, making it difficult for us to leave him. As with our first stay, Elaine kept me updated with texts and photos. Sunshine was having a great time and it was great that he had fellow dog company as well with their adorable and friendly fur baby, Brady. Elaine and Ken were also once again very understanding and accommodating with our unexpected changes to our schedule. When we returned and picked up Sunshine, we were greeted by Elaine and Sunshine. Once again, it was obvious that Sunshine was very happy, very well taken care of and has taken a great liking to Elaine and Ken. It is such a wonderful feeling and relief to have found a home away from home for our Sunshine.
Elaine kept us updated with pictures and texts the whole vacation! She took such wonderful care of our furr baby! Excellent!!!
Elaine did an amazing job with Shane! She was in touch all the time and sent pictures. I can tell Shane had a wonderful time too, he was in no rush to leave and has been his delightful self ever since we came back! Awesome experience, we'll be back!!
We had an excellent experience and will definitely be looking to book future stays with Elaine and Ken. They were accommodating and flexible. It is clear that they love dogs and our Shih-Tzu and Havanese had a fabulous time with them and their dog, Brady. Elaine sent pictures during the week to keep me informed. They are responsible and organized, and made it easy to work with them. She and her husband are nice people who provide a lovely home setting that is spacious with plenty of great areas for walking. The dogs seemed very happy and got lots of love. Great visit.
Elaine was amazing!! Very communicative and responsive while I was away. She gave several updates and sent adorable pictures of my dog having a blast at her weekend getaway. Highly recommend!!!
We are so grateful to Elaine and Ken for the great care they provided to our furbaby, Sunshine. We have never left Sunshine in a private home setting in the past, so we were a bit nervous before we arrived at Happy Pals, but after we dropped Sunshine off, we felt very comfortable and knew he was in a great place. Elaine and Ken are really nice people who love dogs and obviously have many years of experience with them. They were both very patient and accommodating with our many questions and requests and they customize each visitor's visit to be as close to their home environment as possible. Their furbaby, Brady, is very sweet and got along great with Sunshine. Elaine and Ken's beautiful home offers a lot of space indoors and outdoors for play and they also take their visitors out for long walks and to the park. Elaine sent me updates regularly about Sunshine. Sunshine had a great stay. When we picked him up and we were outside near our car, we were amazed when he followed Elaine back inside her home. It was great to see that Sunshine was so fond of Elaine. We are very happy to have found wonderful people who love dogs and a wonderful home for Sunshine when we are away. It is such a relief to not to have to worry about our little guy (who is 80 pounds). We highly recommend Happy Pals!
Grace had a wonderful time. Elaine was warm and friendly. She sent daily pics and updated. It was grace's first time away and I was nervous. Elaine made me feel relaxed and I never worried one single minute. Elaine's husband was wonderful with Grace and I could see how comfortable she was with her new dog buddy Bailey. We have already booked our next stay. It is a relief to know that while away I can concentrate completely on my business. I am feeling blessed to have found such a wonderful alternative to my own home.
To start off Elaine and her husband are the nicest people! This was our first time signing up with Dogvacay. We had a meet and greet before Ella's (our dog) stay. Ella pooped in the middle of their kitchen floor during the meet and greet. We were horrified! Elaine and her husband were so gracious and said it can happen when they are nervous in a new setting. The stay apparently went better (no pooping on the floor). Though our girl tends to be very unsocial with both people and dogs Ella and Brady seemed to get on fine. We felt Ella was in very capable hands. We would leave our girl with them again for sure.
Elaine is absolutely incredible with my dogs. She has cared for my chocolate lab for several trips and welcomed a new addition in the most recent vacay. There is no doubt that both my dogs will be visiting her during my next trip. I highly recommend Elaine if you are looking for someone that will care for your dog as their own.
Elaine took great care of my dog Maggie. Maggie was happy when I picked her up after the weekend with Elaine. Will definitely use her again as a pet sitter if opportunity arises
Elaine and her husband took wonderful care of my puppy and I can't thank them enough for that. It was the first time I was leaving my 4 months old puppy and I was anxious about it, but as soon as I met Elaine and their sweet dog Brady, I knew I was leaving Uma in good hands. They took Uma on frequent walks, gave her some lap time and Elaine even took extra measures to encourage Uma to eat and keep her well fed. Uma got along well with Brady! I even think she learned a few good things from him since she is acting more "mature" now. The frequent updates and pictures gave me great peace of mind. When we got home she was so calm and relaxed that I could tell she had a great time. I will definitely recommend them.
What a great find we made in Elaine& Tim!!! Hast had two recent stays for our Cooper. He just loves being there, has found a great friend in Brady their cocker spaniel, and sleeps under Tim's desk in his home office. We get pictures and updates as well. And Cooper gets plenty of walks!!! We feel secure all the time, and Cooper is a happy dog!!!
Thx guys !!
I called Elaine just a couple of days in advance of the February school break, needing a place for our dog after our previous plans fell through. I found Elaine helpful, thoughtful, experienced, and kind. Our dog was thoroughly well taken care of and thoroughly happy when I picked him up. Elaine sent texts to update us on how he was doing every day, too.
Elaine and Ken were both very friendly, kind and personable. I felt very much that I was leaving our pup in good hands with them. They have a lovely, dog friendly home and Shadow enjoyed the company of their dog, Brady. Elaine gave just the right amount of updates to let us know that our dog was doing fine without going overboard with too many updates. We would definitely use them again.
Elaine was great i would recommend her. My dog was very happy and comfortable when i dropped him off and she kept me updated about the fun he was having and then when we picked him up he was very happy and comfortable in her home.
i would use her again. Their dog brady is a very friendly dog.

thanks Elaine
Everything went great
My husband and I recently had our dog, Hennessey (who's our child with fur), stay with Elaine and her family for 10 days, and she had a wonderful time. It was such a peace of mind for us knowing she was being cared for and given special attention and love. Elaine even sent daily updates with photos on how Hennessey was doing, which reassured us that she was having a fun vacation herself! Plus, Brady is adorable.:) We're thrilled at finally finding someone we can trust with our sweet girl when we travel, and that's worth everything to us.
We highly recommend Elaine if you're looking for a safe, loving, and caring home away from home for your dog/family member!
Elaine was great. My two dogs went to day care at Elaine's and we're happy and tired when I picked them up. Elaine sent little updates throughout the day about how my pups were doing which was really nice.
This was the first time we have used Dog Vacay and everything about our experience was excellent. Elaine and her husband Ken are the kindest, warmest, most loving "Dog People" you will ever meet. Their dog Brady is just a little fur ball of love too. I will never board my dog at a kennel again. Thank you Elaine and Ken and Brady....Howie gives you 2 huge paws up and a great big woof!!!
Thank you Elaine...Tucker's stay was a very pleasant experience for everyone. Hope to see you again soon! Kathy
Riley spent a great weekend with Elaine, Ken and Brady! She came home sunday night and we could tell she missed them and was tired from all the fun she had with them. Riley can't wait until she can vacation again with this wonderful family!
Was so wonderfully pleased with Cooper's stay with Elaine, Ken & their dog Bra. Elaine kept me updated on a daily basis, along with great pictures so that I could see just how content Cooper was.
In fact, Cooper seemed bummed out for a day or two after he came home with us!!!!!
Would definitely use this great couple again. Their attention to our dog's need was a great display of thoughtfulness and caring.
Great job!!!
Can't thank you enough! So glad we were able to book Nico for a vacay with Elaine! We were a last minute request and Elaine was willing to help us out. Elaine's suggestion to do a meet and greet beforehand was perfect as it made me feel so much better about leaving him. Elaine was extremely accommodating and we got regular updates about what Nico was up to the entire weekend. He seemed very happy to be there and I think he really liked having a fur friend to play with. We will definitely try to book another Vacay with Elaine, Ken and Brady soon :)
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